Ndola Prata, Professor

Closed (1) Rwanda Comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health Integration Project

Closed. This professor is continuing with Fall 2018 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Spring 2019.

The Bixby Center is currently collaborating with the Rwandan Ministry of Health (MOH) to put in place different strategies to accelerate the reduction of maternal mortality and to improve the access to quality sexual reproductive health and rights. These strategies involve the Comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health Integration Project. This project aims ensure that all Rwandan women and girls receive high quality, comprehensive integrated reproductive health services, including termination of pregnancy for those eligible for legal abortion. To that end, the project employs a client-centered approach to provide high quality, integrated, comprehensive abortion and post-abortion family planning services with emphasis on long-acting methods.


During the fall semester, student apprentices will perform data entry and assist with cleaning and preliminary analysis, field communication and aspects of project management. Apprentices will help research the integration of family planning and abortion services, and use that knowledge in writing proposals and reports. Duties will be carried out on and off site depending on the nature of the task.

Responsibilities:

• Data entry and assistance with data cleaning and basic analysis
• Populate and format tables
• Assist with preparing proposals/reports
• Assist with creating and editing graphics and PowerPoint presentations
• Assist with research and reviewing the literature as needed
• Assist with financial tracking and project oversight
• Assist with finalizing technical reports from a previous related project
• Assist with manuscript preparation and proofreading. 


Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Karen Weidert, Staff Researcher

Qualifications: • Passion for global reproductive health issues and comfort with sensitive topics required • Proficiency with Microsoft Office required, particularly Excel • Effective written and oral communication skills required • Experience assisting with data management for monitoring and evaluation of interventions (data base creation, data entry) preferred • Experience with assistance of data analysis preferred • Experience with EndNote, STATA, and Adobe Pro preferred 

Weekly Hours: 9-11 hrs

Related website: bixby.berkeley.edu 

Closed (2) E4D in West Africa

Closed. This professor is continuing with Fall 2018 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Spring 2019.

The Bixby Center for Population, Health, and Sustainability is a campus-wide, research group under Bixby Center Director & Bixby Chair Professor Ndola Prata, a physician & medical demographer. The Bixby Center conducts research on reproductive health in the developing world within a human rights framework. The Bixby Center is currently providing technical assistance to an interventional development project (Evidence for Development – E4D) which aims to produce evidence on select topics related to family planning and HIV/AIDS to inform policy advocacy and program planning, including resource allocation in West Africa. 

This project is a five-year initiative focused on conducting operations research (OR) & pooling knowledge from various sources; building the capacity of regional and local institutions to implement OR and evaluations; and dissemination of research and evaluation findings locally, regionally and internationally. The family planning OR aims to improve delivery and uptake of quality FP services, including long acting reversible contraceptives (LARC), by testing a model that focuses on supply-side strategies in West Africa. The HIV OR aims to gather evidence on the role of using existing combination HIV prevention intervention efforts which include information, communication and technology (ICT) approaches in improving HIV outreach, knowledge and linkage to HIV prevention, treatment and care of key populations (KP) in West Africa who are most at risk for HIV (including men who have sex with men and female sex workers). 


Responsibilities: 
The candidate would primarily assist in:

• Organizing output in tables as assigned by Research Specialists
• Researching and reviewing the literature with assistance from other interns
• Preparing data reports for data auditing/verification and tracking/trouble shooting data issues
• Creating tables for PowerPoint presentations, reports and manuscripts

Additional assignments might include:
• Contributing to manuscript preparation, including using bibliographic software
• Translation depending on language skills (English/French but knowledge of local languages a plus)
• Other aspects of data analysis as assigned
, Staff Researcher

Qualifications: Qualifications: Required Qualifications: • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, particularly Word, Excel & PPT • Effective written and oral communication skills • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail • Ability to work independently and take initiative • Open to working with a small team • Passionate about issues of global health and comfortable with sensitive topics (including sexual and reproductive health and stigmatized behaviors and diseases) Preferred Qualifications: • French language skills • Literature review skills • Experience with search engines (PubMed, Web of Science, Google Scholar and others) • Experience with EndNote

Weekly Hours: 9-11 hrs

Related website: bixby.berkeley.edu

Closed (3) Medication abortion at California’s public university student health centers

Applications for Spring 2019 are now closed for this project.

The Bixby Center seeks an undergraduate to join the campus-based medication abortion at student health centers team during the spring semester and assist in the next phases of the project focused on subject requirement and interviews. Upcoming activities include social media recruitment, screen participants, interviews, analysis and coding, and preparations for focus group meetings.

•Preparation of recruitment materials on social media (i.e., Facebook)
•Screening participants for eligibility
•Preparing handouts for resources
•Preparation of data collection instruments, database set up and other materials and tools
•Preparation and coordinating focus group
•Populating and formatting tables
•Contributing to coding transcripts
•Contributing to manuscript preparation, including using bibliographic software
•Other aspects of planning, logistics and organization as assigned


Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Jackie Castellanos, Graduate Student

Qualifications: Experience with qualitative methods and conducting interviews Effective written and oral communication skills required Major public health/gender and women’s studies/social sciences/political sciences/pre-med or related fields Proficiency with Microsoft Office required, particularly Word, Excel & PPT Experience with Qualtrics (or willing to learn) Experience with EndNote, STATA, and Adobe preferred Available approximately +/-8 hours per week Strong organizational skills and attention to detail Patience and flexibility to meet changing in priorities and needs of the team Can be autonomous and knows how to take initiatives Open to working with a small team Passionate about issues of reproductive justice and comfortable with sensitive topics required

Weekly Hours: 6-8 hrs